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Ways That 2016 Can Be Better than 2015



It's Friday and we're in New York City, my home town and the city that never sleeps. We're taking another quick break from blogging and doing what we said we were going to do for the new year. Enjoy life, follow our dreams and take as many adventures as we can. If you are like most other people on this planet, your 2015 probably had its fair share of disappointments, despite all of the wonderful things that happened. However, you’re in luck! We are currently living in one of the best times to be alive. The percentage of people who starve and die from disease on this planet is continuing to shrink every single year. Crime is also the lowest it has ever been. And Netflix is bringing back Full House. It truly is a terrific time to be on this planet! With that in mind, there’s no reason not to be an optimist. Now that 2016 is here, it’s a good time to take a look at all of the things that can be done in your personal life to make sure that 2016 is even better than 2015. Here’s a handful of the many ways that you can accomplish this...

Have a better financial outlook


This year, it’s finally time to get your finances on track. It’s a good time for that, too, as jobs are continuing to grow in this country, and wages are finally starting to rise, as well! The strength of the dollar is growing, too, and is catching up to the value of the Euro. On top of that, it is also a terrific time to be a homeowner. The point is, the economy, while still with lots of room to recover, isn’t looking half bad. So why not go along with it? This can be the year where you finally make some serious strides in reducing your debt, or start building some significant savings. Or, if you’ve already done these things, maybe it’s time to look at some serious investing to see if you can make that nest egg grow. Take this time to start crunching the numbers and see where your finances are and what needs to happen to get them where they need to be. Start cutting out unnecessary expenses as well. That cup of Starbucks every day is adding up to a lot more than you think. And if you are going to just blow all of your money, at least have the good grace to do it on something big that you actually want to spend money on, instead of the small, forgettable things that you end up regretting.

Letting go of past mistakes


One of the most important things that any individual can do to make progress in their lives and move forward is to unchain themselves from the things that hold them back. More often than not, the biggest internal thing that holds people back is a slew of past mistakes that fester into fear, cynicism, and self-doubt. No matter what these mistakes are, though, it’s important to remember that, unless you are rotting in the bottom of a prison, there is nothing that you shouldn’t be able to forgive yourself for with time. Holding this longstanding guilt is absolutely negative to being able to grow as a person. This aspect of forgiveness also extends to needing to forgive others for their faults against you. This may include forgiving yourself for the pain you caused someone else, forgiving someone else for the pain they caused you, or forgiving yourself for the pain that you caused yourself. Once you begin these steps of forgiveness, it becomes a lot easier to move forward with your life.

Take more risks


There is no antagonistic force that gets in the way of who people want to become more than themselves. The moment our lives truly hit a standstill is when we allow fear to overwhelm our natural impulse for adventure. This year, why not buck that tradition to the wind? It’s time to take more risks in life. Everybody has some big thing they have put off doing because they are afraid of what might happen if they take that risk. However, it is often a far worse fate to live your entire life in such an unfulfilled way. Whether this risk you are wishing to take has to do with personal relationships, or the trajectory of your career, or even the place you are living, it does not matter. By the end of next year, you will be able to find happiness in the fact that at least you took that risk. However, you will almost certainly face the bitter taste of disappointment, if you don’t.

Let's discuss: In what ways is your 2016 going to be better than your 2015? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Hubby and I are working on decluttering and organizing our life out with the old and in with the new in all aspects our our life.

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    1. That is amazing. I need to do the same believe me.

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  2. I am taking some more risks with my blog this year. I have been playing it safe but it hasn't been very fulfilling!

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    1. I can understand that. I'm playing it safe this year and taking more risks with my life. :)

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  3. These are all great ways to make 2016 better. I have several trips planned this year and that will make my 2016 great.

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    1. That's awesome and we can't wait to hear about them.

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  4. Letting go of past mistakes - that's a hard one for me! I'm hoping that 2016 is a much better health year than 2015 was for me!

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    1. It's also difficult for me too. I tend to forgive but never really forget.

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  5. I want to learn more this year. I plan on starting a foreign language course and I also want to learn how to crochet. Keep the mind active is always a good thing!

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    1. That is truly all great things. I learned to crochet when I was younger but would love to learn how to knit.

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  6. These are great tips. All we can do is learn from the old - and then move on!

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    1. Moving on is so much easier said than done. I'm still learning how to do that.

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  7. I can't wait to see Fuller House on Netflix. I'm going to definitely try to get my side business going!

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    1. I've heard of the show but have very little interest in seeing it but a side business sounds very interesting indeed.

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  8. I think mine will be great! I'm looking forward to it.

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  9. I would certainly agree to your points. I hope I am not too afraid to take risks.

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    1. I know most people are but you have to in life.

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  10. Fuller House on Netflix = yes! I hope you're enjoying NYC.
    As for a better year, I had a great 2015 but there are things that never changed at all. I never exercised. I feel like it's vital to my well-being so I've started myself on a plan and I'm a week in and loving how different I feel.

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    1. We're back and we had an AMAZING time in NYC. As for your exercising, I've found that when I work out I tend to feel a lot better too. Maybe I should get back to hitting the gym. :)

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  11. 2016 will be better than 2015 for me because I won't accept anything but better. Last year I had a lot of stuff going on and I didn't get to focus on quite as much that matters as I wanted to so I'm making sure this year to focus on whats most important. - Jeanine

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    1. That's a great mindset and what a way to think! I know you'll make it great.

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  12. Letting go of past mistakes. I like that. It's better to start the new year fresh and leave the mistakes behind.

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    1. That is so true but human nature makes it so tough to do so at times.

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  13. Taking more risk is something I want to do for 2016. I tend to always want to stay in my comfort zone and more often than not I end up missing out on so many great opportunities.

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    1. Become that risk taker. I'm sure you'll have fun with a few of them.

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  14. It can always be better! Each day is a new chance to start! Love how positive this is, great change is coming this year

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    1. Oh I've already seen the great changes my way and I intend to make 2016 my year.

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  15. Having a good financial outlook is key. It's a great way to set the tone for the rest of the year.

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    1. Yes it is and having your finances in order is something that we should all strive for.

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  16. Sounds like great advise going into the new year. I feel the same from you, definitely hope to learn from my mistakes from last year.

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    1. Yes it truly is and if we can learn from our mistakes that's only half the battle, not repeating them is the next half.

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  17. I think we always need to look in to the past & do our best to make the coming days the best one & these are some wonderful tips to note down. I think letting go of past mistakes is a big thing to succeed in life & that's what I always try to do.

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    1. That is awesome Lisa. I try and let go but sometimes it just comes back up. I just need to let go and forget.

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  18. Loved this. Even though 2016 had a rough start, I'm optimistic about what the year has in store for us.

    I'm focusing on several areas this year... spiritual growth, finances, parenting, and personal health/well being.

    You have some lovely objectives and I'm certain you'll accomplish what you want to achieve this year.

    Happy New Year my friend.
    xoxo

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    1. I'm so sorry about your grandmother Jennifer but you'll meet again and it'll be a happy reunion. I'm glad that she was able to meet the girls and spend some loving time with you all before she departed this life. I just know that you'll achieve what you set forth to do this year. I believe in you 100%. Happy New Year my friend!

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  19. I plan on being financially stable this year. I am not good when it comes to money so that is my goal for 2016, to do better.

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    1. That is great. I'm not that great with money myself either and I'll be lying if I said I was. I hope to do a lot better this year as well.

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